WHAT TOOK 'EM SO LONG?
'The Fatally-Flawed 4000'
by Carol Taylor
(First Black U.S.A. Flight Attendant)
My, my, my. According to the New York times, Jan. 4, 2010 article by Adam Litpak, the American Law Institute has decided to end its '...intellectually respected support for the Death Penalty system in the United States of America,' and just 'walk away' from the issue.
Well scratch my heinous!
The unmitigated gall of those 4000 judges, lawyers, law professors, (I'll bet mostly white males) 'we-say-we're-for-justice' foot-draggers has to be seen to be believed. They posture in the unearned privilege of their white skin color, pretending to the public that their 'justice system' has been operating as a level playing field, despite the rampant racism/colorism. It's nauseating.
Euphemisms abound, as they use expiatory terms about 'efficacy,' 'deterrence,' 'fairness,' 'equity' and 'justice' - to avoid accountability for supporting an untenable Death Penalty system (which DNA tests have proven has killed many innocent people of color in this hostile-to-color country).
Against this murky background, such terms make a mockery of any notion of democracy - (it is really "dey-mock-us-you-see," said a young Rastafarian man to me some time ago).
Contrary to the American Law Institute's fanciful ideation about 'justice for all,' ("all who?) it is impossible 'to make the Death Penalty "less arbitrary" without first dealing a death blow to the pandemic color discrimination infesting the criminal justice system. Get real!
You'll forgive me - a Black person who's been on the ugly butt-end of untreated racism/colorism all my waking life, if I'm less than sanguine about the credibility of a bunch of white-skin-privileged males' pronouncements of good intentions just because they've 'better-late-than-never' ended their unconscionable 'respected support' for the Death Penalty System (Litvak's article does say 'System' - doesn't it?).
Justice Antonin Scalia et al.s' prating about the Death Penalty equals empty words, words, words - 'whistling Dixie' in the face of the enormous inhuemanity to a multi-colored population. This is tantamount to the irrationality reflected in the mainstream media when they cover issues and pointedly ignore the ever-present effects of untreated racism/colorism in every arena of people activity.
The U.S.A.'s criminal justice system is broken - precisely because of its inherited untreated racism/colorism - denied too often - which urgently requires extirpation, by the continuous administration - of the www.racismtest.org [posted on www.Discussrace.com] - with Follow-up Ethnotherapeutic Counseling to counteract the massive colorist conditioning by our education systems, which fail miserably to teach their students who their most distant ancestors are: the Black African originators of huemanity!
Shame on anyone trying to explain away the soul-sucking color-bigotry of so many thusly-miseducated/conditioned legal folk! Their pretense of "fairness," blithely engaging in self-serving research, flinging around pettifogging expressions like 'race-of-victim-effect' and 'race-of-defendant-effect' are really blathering exercises in obfuscation. (Anyhow, it's not 'race' it's 'color,' - talk about euphemisms!)
This color-riven society should've abolished the Death Penalty years ago - and the American Law Institute damn well knows it!
The Emperor has no clothes!
Carol Taylor R.N.
590 Flatbush Avenue
Ste.11A BK NY 11225-4935